Pool offers shark safety
INVESTIGATING a non-lethal shark barrier at Cottesloe Beach involves issues already considered by a proposed beach pool north of Cottesloe Groyne, pool proponent Tom Locke says.
“A shark (barrier) solution requires the council to decide on a site, getting a cost benefit analysis and whether would it provide, like a pool. access to the sea for seniors, the disabled, children, and winter swimming, and be a tourism attraction,” Mr Locke said.
The pool, the barrier and a Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club watchtower are among plans for swimmer safety.
Mr Locke, who does not oppose a barrier, and other daily club swimmers started working on a beach pool after Ken Crew was killed by a great white shark at North Cottesloe in 2000.
The proposal currently comprises an eight-lane, sand-bottom basin created by a J-shaped rockwall north of the groyne that is backed by Australian Institute of Sport former chairman John Bloomfield.
It has also been investigated by UWA Centre for Water Research director Jorg Imberger and was a submission to Cottesloe Council’s review of its beach policy recently.
Mr Locke said his experience was those who opposed a project, including a barrier, would be louder than a “silent majority” who backed projects and the council now had to decide whether it wanted an ocean pool.
Cottesloe SLSC president Ben Stephens said his club was now “mindful” of the other projects and after recent talks with the council the tower was not likely to be “massive structure”. A design could be ready by the end of next month.
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said all Mr Locke’s issues were brought up during a meeting with Mr Moss two weeks ago and he had been asked to follow up on those questions .